- Card-Carrying Members, Kind of Pregnant,… — Just Saying: Actions Do Not Speak Louder Than Words
- To Own or to Be Owned?
- Definition: How to Define “Retard Media”
- Topological Maps: Don’t Even Go There — unless, perhaps, you wish to mention the exceptional case in which the map *IS* the territory
- Power Corrupts — and So Do Acquiescence, Conformity, Submission and Dumbed-Down Disengagement
- Some Quick + Dirty, Sloppy Notes About the Economics of Advertising + Information Markets: Then, Now + In the Future
- Dicey Concepts Leading to Muddy Waters: Recall, Precision and Filter Failure
- Kant’s Big Mistake?
- Go Inspire Yourself!
- Legal Online Content
- Why people used to go to church + why they now go to Google + Facebook instead
- How the Traditional Publishing Complex Tamed the Mob … and What Outsiders Could Learn from Justine Musk
- Do you understand the gravity of the matter?
- Science vs. Relativity
- Public Transportation in the United States of America
- Generic Community Languages
- How to Tell Whether a TLD is a Generic TLD or a Proprietary TLD
- The Mystery of Self-Organisation
- The most sinister of all retard media hoaxes is the idea that someone has “arrived” in society when they are mentioned in a prominent retard media publication
- Knowing how to spell a word is not down to some random person’s opinion — or is it?
- The Uneducated Masses Will Probably Choose the Free Lunch
- Why Collocation Matters
- Words as Puzzle Pieces
- Computers, Humans, Economics, Marketing, Logic and Psychology
- If you want any more, you can suit yourself
- Maybe love is when you value someone’s so-called “subjective opinion” more than so-called “objective facts”
- What is right / wrong, good / bad about self-promotion
- Friends, Lovers and Keepers
- An idea is the constellation of feelings that you and other people who also participate in the same shared concept engage in
“Unternehmungslustig” is a German word for which there does not seem to be a semantically close English equivalent. It is a mixture of “adventurous”, “enterprising”, “thrill-seeking”, “fun-loving” and perhaps also some other concepts.
One reason why this word might not exist in English might have to do with different cultural norms. Americans, in particular, prefer to be independent and unattached, rather than committed to a common cause or goal. Rather than calling one society risk-seeking versus the other being risk-averse, I would say that it has more to do with a different view of the “game” of life. Perhaps whereas one culture is more oriented towards social image and/or social standing, the other culture might be more oriented towards shared experiences.
One odd thing about this is that if you had asked me which culture is more focused on social standing before I had made the above observation, I may very well have said the opposite of what I believe after having made this observation.
When my girls ask their friends “Do you have Facebook?” I joke and ask them “Wouldn’t it be grammatically more correct to ask whether Facebook has them?” — then they smile politely but usually don’t go so far as to chuckle.
The same can be said for most technology — whether hardware or software, there is almost always a “make or buy” decision. And buying into a platform usually means submitting to the constraints of that technology.
What I find particularly odd, though, is the degree to which these two extremes seem to make up the entire spectrum — there is apparently nothing in between these two polar opposites!
When I navigate to many sites on the web which are essentially not indexed by Google (I have a feeling the vast majority of sites actually never show up in Google’s so-called “search engine”), I sometimes come across sites with messages along the lines of “please help us to make this site better“, and yet even though this is clearly stated, I almost never find people who seem to be willing to contribute in any meaningful way.
I wonder why people are so eager to become Facebook’s or Google’s bitch, yet are so unwilling to even just lift a finger for any random, relatively unknown site. I have a hunch there is some kind of psychological error that happens, along the lines of “if I participate on this site, then I will become a co-owner“.
If that is the case for you, then I’m sorry to pop your bubble: Either you have the wrong idea, or you have the wrong website.
Some people find the term “retard media” repulsive — and I think a large part of the repulsion is down to a misunderstanding of the term.
It seems as though many people associate “retarded” with mental capacity or something like that, but in fact it refers to outdated technology — in particular when outdated methods continue to be used, despite technological change having occurred in the “media” landscape.
It is quite difficult to nail down one or even a few defining characteristics of retard media, but there are, at least, several indicators that seem to be quite reliable markers:
- use of brand names instead of natural language
- a bifurcation of “editorial” and “advertising” content
- “content agnostic” media
- lack of community engagement / participation